You May be Our Next Cartter Scholar

Baylor names Cartter Scholars annually, providing boarding scholarships to ninth and tenth grade students new to Baylor. The awards range from partial to full-tuition and remain in force throughout their time at Baylor.


Nominees should demonstrate academic excellence as well as a breadth of interest outside the classroom, including arts, athletics, and/or community service. Baylor also pays attention to the nominees’ capacity for leadership in and out of the classroom.

Nominations are limited to rising ninth and tenth grade boarding students who are new to Baylor.

Nomination Process

Prospective scholarship candidates can be nominated by anyone other than their parents, immediate family, or current members of the Baylor faculty or staff. If you know a rising ninth and tenth grade student who would benefit from all that Baylor has to offer, please take the time to complete a nomination or contact Kelly O'Mara, Associate Director of Boarding Admission and Director of the Cartter Scholars Program at 423-757-2839.

Once students are nominated, the Baylor admission department will contact them and request the application materials required to complete the scholarship application.

Nominations will be accepted September 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. An essay topic is assigned when the student is nominated. In addition to the admission application, the following application materials must be completed by by Jan. 31, 2021.

Cartter Scholars Weekend - Mar. 5-6, 2021

From the nominees, the school will select finalists to attend Cartter Scholars Weekend March 5-6, 2021. At this time, finalists are interviewed by a panel of Baylor faculty members. Winners are announced the following week.

In addition to the annual scholarship winners, all finalists automatically become members of Baylor’s Harris-Stanford Honors Program if and when they enroll in the school.

Our Cartter Scholars

Baylor’s Cartter Scholars have been actors, athletes, dancers, debaters, outdoors enthusiasts, writers, mathematicians, student government officers, singers, and scientists. They have gone on to college at Harvard, Berkeley, North Carolina, MIT, Georgetown, Sewanee, and Stanford among many others. They hail from Colorado to Connecticut and Indiana to Texas. They reflect diverse personal backgrounds and world views. What they have had in common are academic aptitude, the desire to achieve excellence and a passion for self-discovery. They have left their marks on Baylor, and Baylor has become a part of them.


Students admitted to Baylor as Cartter Scholars are automatically members of the Harris-Stanford Honors Program, as are any Cartter finalists who enroll at Baylor and other select members of the Upper School student body.

Modeled after college honors programs, Harris-Stanford collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to provide extraordinary civic engagement, extracurricular seminars, travel and other learning and leadership opportunities for motivated students. Among the partners is the prestigious Institute for the Public Trust, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Raleigh, N.C. Baylor is the first high school in the U.S. to be brought into the Institute’s leadership program. For more information, click here.


Nominations Accepted
September 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.
Click here for online nomination

Application Deadline:
January 31, 2021

Cartter Scholars Weekend -Finalists return to campus:
March 5-6, 2021

For more information contact our Admission Office, 423-757-2839, or email Kelly O'Mara, associate director of boarding admission and director of the Cartter Scholars Program.

Thomas Cartter Lupton, II

The Cartter Scholars Program is named in honor of Thomas Cartter Lupton, II. Mr. Lupton, a member of the Baylor Class of 1971, is a founder and generous benefactor of the scholarship program.